Qihui Gong’s short, ‘The Fall‘, is about hair and wigs: the desire for wigs comes and goes, from time to time, but the value of wigs and hair have become high today because of people’s desire to become beautiful.
What is your film about?
I never thought that one experience would lead me to see so many things differently. I decided to make a film in order to explore those changes based on appearances. Hair and the conditions of baldness and wigs became the vehicle for my explorations just as they had been for us.
What are the main topics raised by the story?
This film is talking about real and fake, the relationship between wig, human and desire. By the end of the century, hairstyles became higher and more elaborate constructions in which quantities of false hair were used to supplement the wearer’s own. Today’s breadth of mass culture favors human hair wigs because they have greater ability to be styled. As the ads claim, you “can be a different person every day.”
Hair is the only thing we can easily remove from our body and turn into an ordinary product. The desire for wigs, real or artificial, is a desire for beauty, adornment, social status, protection from the sun, for religious and political reasons. Wigs created a small city with millions of euros in the international trade. Wigs are sold everywhere around the world to fulfill all generations’ need for beauty. But it’s difficult to feel beautiful when the industry has so much power in setting society’s stand for what beauty means.
What is your credo as a filmmaker?
Life is an art movie. I shoot with my inner compass.
Who is the target audience of your film?
People who Find It Hard To Believe In Themselves, Eco-feminism.
Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?
I shaved off all my hair as bald two years ago. One day, I was in a wig factory to get some research interview, but the factory not allow me to get in… I found the factory manager and suddenly took off my wig to explain why I need those footage. Then he was shocked with laughter and we talked for hours about how to make hair grown faster (he is bald too). Finally I got the interview…
Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?
After I finished my film, the idea of submitting to the Cannes Film Festival suddenly came to my mind, because Cannes is my one of favorite film festivals. In order to keep up, we must be open to new experiences and new ways of looking at things. If we are not up-to-date, we will miss out the wonderful world of film industry. Filmmaking doesn’t close ourselves into comfort zone, it’s more about sharing with more people and talking with other filmmakers. Cannes just give this chance to get more good experience.